After previously demanding that the House Democrats release the transcript of the testimonies, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that he wouldn’t even bother to read them.
On October 9th, Graham tweeted, “If House D’s refuse to release full transcript of Volker testimony as requested by Congressman Jordan, it will be an abuse of power.”
Over the first week of November, the House Committees investigating impeachment finally began releasing the transcripts that Graham and other Republicans were demanding.
However, when asked by reporters if he will read the transcripts, Graham shot them, down. The South Carolina senator said, “I’ve written the whole process off,” adding, “I think this is a bunch of B.S.”
Graham was critical of Trump during the campaign but, over the past few months, he’s become a top voice opposing impeachment and House Republicans even called him in to help them with their messaging.
For weeks, Republicans like Graham have been furious over what they believe has been a secret impeachment inquiry. Some House Republicans have even stormed into the secured room where House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is conducting the hearings.
But, as the transcripts that Republicans have demanded have slowly become public, they have not been good for the president. Testimony from former Ambassador Kurt Volker on Tuesday revealed that Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani was heavily involved with the Ukrainians and even tried to put together a public statement for the Ukrainians to put out a statement on corruption.
And House Democrats are expected to continue to intensify their impeachment probe. A week after they began releasing the transcripts of their closed testimonies, they are expected to begin holding public hearings with individuals that they believe will further their impeachment inquiry.